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  • Tijuana to Tefilah

    By Jared Sichel

    1 week ago

    As I stepped out of the van into the chilly, pre-dawn Tijuana air, I could just barely make out the shadows of the pedestrians nearby, all of them stepping over puddles and street trash, walking in the same direction. 

    I watched as two girls, Chaya Leibkinker, 16, and her sister,...

  • Am I an e-slave?

    By Rabbi David Wolpe

    2 weeks ago

    I am not the right person to preach on electronic servitude, given my tons of incoming mail and messages and a touch of OCD. As I’m writing this, in between tweets and Facebook updates, I have stopped to answer e-mails. More than once. They pile up, you see, and I like a clean...

  • Till get do us part

    By Ryan Torok

    March 27, 2014 | 11:24 am

    Hurrying by the parking lot at the Lakeside Event Center in Las Vegas, Israel Meir Kin and his new wife, Daniela Barbosa, avoided eye contact with a group of about 30 demonstrators who had been waiting for them. Dressed for their wedding in a suit and gown, respectively, the couple...

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  • Recognizing the ‘Jewish State’: Two definitions, two implications

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    March 19, 2014 | 11:33 am

    Two more views on the issue of calling Israel the Jewish State:
    The problem won’t go awaySymptoms of neurosis 

    There are two ways to characterize the State of Israel in Hebrew. One is Ha-M’dinah Ha-Y’hudit (“The Jewish state”) and the other is M’dinato shel Ha-am Ha-Y’hudi...

  • Palestinians and Israel as the ‘Jewish State’: Symptoms of neurosis

    By Rabbi Mordecai Finley

    March 19, 2014 | 11:28 am

    Two more views on the issue of calling Israel the Jewish State:
    The problem won’t go awayTwo definitions, two implications

    Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat, in an interview quoted in The New York Times, repeated his objection to recognizing Israel as a Jewish state:...

  • Celebrate Queen Esther with chocolate

    By Judy Zeidler

    March 12, 2014 | 11:50 am

    Queen Esther, the heroine of the Purim tale, was quite a woman. Not only did she outwit the evil Haman and save the entire Jewish population of Persia, she did it all as a vegetarian. According to tradition, when she moved into the palace, she became quite a party girl but limited...

  • Purim: There’s something about Esther

    By Rabbi Daniel Bouskila

    March 12, 2014 | 11:45 am

    If I were assigned the task of writing a biblical-style script for a play or a movie, the Book of Esther is the last place I would turn for inspiration. The word “biblical” conjures up images of God, prophets, dreams, visions and supernatural miracles — all of which are strikingly...

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